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How to Diagnose a Struggling Reader

Identifying a Struggling Reader: Checklist


Readers at risk have a variety of characteristics that are very important to be aware of. You will notice that the characteristics of readers at risk tend to fall in the areas of personality, characteristics and weak reading skills. Use the following checklist to determine if your child/student is a reader at risk:

____ Is very reluctant to participate in reading activities.

____ Has a negative attitude about reading and is often unwilling to read.

____ Often suffers from a lower self-esteem or confidence level.

____ Tries to hide the fact that he/she can't read, avoids reading and makes excuses not to read.

____ Doesn't see the value in being able to read.

____ When attempting to read, lacks most of the skills that successful readers use.

____ Skips words, mis-reads words and usually you'll note more eye movement as they scan up and down and side to side of the reading selection.

____ You'll notices word reversals beyond the age of 8.

____ Accuracy is missing.

____ The child rarely reads with fluency unless the selection is read from memory.

____ Over emphasis on limited strategies - decoding for instant and will constantly sound out words vs use the context to determine an unfamiliar word.

____ Makes more guesses and gives up much more easily than most students.

____ Behaviors will become more negative as they continue with the reading task.

If a child in your class demonstrates many of the characteristics above, you will want to make the child feel comfortable to learn to read by first and foremost providing ample opportunity to improve his/her self confidence.

See the Suggested Reading on this page for helping struggling readers.

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